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Libita Sibungu

Libita Sibungu is a visual artist whose solo and collaborative projects explore the politics of the body and landscape in relation to migration, blackness, and colonialism. The work seeks to unearth lost, buried and hidden…


'I’m not my. My.....my injuries are healed now, but I still don’t remember things. - Fledgling, Octavia. E. Butler (2005)', 30 minute performance, Royal College of Art, London, UK, (2018)

'I’m not my. My.....my injuries are healed now, but I still don’t remember things. - Fledgling, Octavia. E. Butler (2005)', 30 minute performance, Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art, London, UK, (2018) photo credit: Ollie Harrop

Libita Sibungu is a visual artist whose solo and collaborative projects explore the politics of the body and landscape in relation to migration, blackness, and colonialism. The work seeks to unearth lost, buried and hidden testimonies, to reimagine containers of memory and states of liberation emerging out of fugitive experiences. Performance, print, text and sound are collaged together to map time into poetic installations. 

Libita’s ongoing body of work; ‘Quantum Ghost’, has toured as a solo exhibition at both Gasworks and Spike Island, UK, (2019), comprising large scale photograms and a multi-channel audio installation. Conceived as a presentation in 5 parts, ‘Quantum Ghost’ as its first iteration examines the potential for radical performativity in anti-colonial archival practices - stemming from research into personal histories and sites of heritage connecting Namibia and Britain through; extractive mining industries, settler colonialisms and the Namibian (Anti-Apartheid) War of Independance. 

Recent work has been presented at; Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich and Somerset House, London, (2019); Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art, London; Whitstable Biennale; Eastside Projects, Birmingham (all UK) and Kalashnikovv Gallery, Johannesburg (2018); South London Gallery; Victoria and Albert Museum, London and Diaspora Pavilion - 57th Venice Biennale (2017). 

Recent awards include; DYCP Arts Council England Funding (2019-2020), Freelands Foundation Programme in association with Gasworks (2018-19), and the Triangle Network Fellowship, Bagfactory, Johannesburg (2018). 

Libita (b.1987 UK) completed a BA in Print and Digital Media, from Wimbledon College of Arts in 2009, and currently lives and works in Bristol, UK.